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Biosciences at Streatham Campus: New students

Undergraduates: Streatham Campus

Undergraduates: Streatham Campus

Undergraduates: Streatham Campus

Undergraduates: Streatham Campus

Undergraduates: Streatham Campus

A very warm welcome to Biosciences at the University of Exeter. Congratulations on securing your place here – we look forward to meeting you, and hope you will enjoy a rewarding and challenging academic experience as part of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Please take time to look through the induction information on this page to prepare you for the start of term.

On this page: Academic inductionKey contacts | Studying in Biosciences | Get involved | Welcome from the Head of Department

We will be updating this page regularly as new details of induction and welcome activities are released. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to-date information from us. (Please note you need to register with the University and activate your IT account to access My Timetable.) If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact your Info Point using the details on this page.

Welcome from Professor Richard Winsley

Richard is Associate Dean for Education in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

College online induction

This induction course for CLES students is all about helping you to feel confident and happy during your first couple of weeks with us.

Your student experience during Covid-19

Find out about our plans to provide a safe studying and campus experience on our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.

Your academic induction

During Welcome Week (13-19 September) you will have some scheduled induction meetings to get to know the department.

Your induction information and timetable can be found on the Biosciences Student Portal on ELE.

Key contacts

You can find a list of all academic staff in Biosciences here, including office locations and contact details.

Upon joining us at Exeter, you’ll be allocated your own Personal Tutor who’ll be your first point of contact if you have any queries or concerns about your overall progress and wellbeing. You’ll be invited to attend regular meetings with them throughout the academic year – sometimes individually, and sometimes as part of a group – and it’s important that you go along, even if only for a quick chat to confirm that all is well. You can also contact your Personal Tutor at any time by email.

The relationship you build with your tutor is an important one, not least because they will usually be the person who writes references for you when you start applying for jobs.

This short video outlines some of the benefits of our tutoring system:

Your degree is made up of a number of different short courses called ‘modules’. Some of these run across a single term (carrying 15 credits) and some across two terms (carrying 30 credits).

Each module is led by a named academic member of staff - the module convenor - although most are actually taught by a team of academics who share the lectures, practicals etc. If you have specific questions about an individual module, you should seek advice from the module convenor. Alternatively, if your question relates to a specific lecture or practical, you should seek advice from the member of academic staff leading that particular session. You can do so by email, via the module’s ELE page, or simply talking to them after the lecture or practical.

Each programme within our department (BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Biochemistry and BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry) is led by a Programme Director, whose job it is to oversee the running of the programme. In addition, the Director of Education has overall responsibility for all the programmes and modules within Biosciences.

Most of your contact with these individuals will be in their regular role as an academic member of staff teaching you on modules. However, if you encounter any significant difficulties with your studies, the relevant Programme Director and/or the Director of Education will be able to work with you to resolve these.

BSc Biological Sciences Programme Director: Dr Andrew Griffiths
BSc Biochemistry Programme Director: Dr Mark Wood
BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Programme Director: Dr Mark Wood
Director of Education: Dr Alan Brown.

The Peter Chalk Info Point, located within the Peter Chalk/Newman Buildings (number 17-18 on the Streatham Campus map, adjacent to the Geoffrey Pope building), is the place to go for any questions you may have about your life as an Exeter student. From queries about your course or timetable, to advice on wellbeing or mitigating circumstances, the team at the info point will give you the support you need quickly and efficiently.

The Peter Chalk Info team can provide information and advice on a number of services including:

  • exams and assessments
  • mitigation
  • student welfare
  • graduation
  • IT queries
  • module changes and programme queries
  • registration and study support
  • submitting coursework through eBART & ELE/Turnitin
  • timetables

Contacting the Info Point

You can drop into the Info Point in person, or alternatively: 


Phone: +44 (0)1392 723788

Meet your Welfare Advisor: Tim Harris

In this video, Tim introduces the wellbeing and accessibility services available to support you. To contact these services, see the Wellbeing and accessibility section of this page.

New students guide

The new students guide includes everything you need to know about starting University, with a handy checklist of tasks to help you through your first term.

Studying in Biosciences

The Biosciences Code of Conduct promotes mutual respect between individuals, and sets out what you can expect from Biosciences staff, as well as what Biosciences expects of you. It encourages both personal and academic professionalism, and is formed around the three important principles of Integrity, Civility and Trust.


Education requires commitment on the part of all those involved, and we expect you to prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all learning activities – whether online or on campus. In addition, a fundamental requirement of academic integrity is acknowledging the work of others (see ‘Plagiarism’ below).


Our community is founded on mutual respect, and acceptance of differences. We expect all members of our Biosciences community to respect the needs of others, and to consider those who may be vulnerable. If you encounter or witness harassment or discrimination, please contact the Director of Education.


Relationships between individuals within Biosciences are based on mutual respect, trust and an acceptance of appropriate levels of confidentiality. Bioscience staff are committed to supporting students and to addressing problems swiftly and sensitively. All students and staff will adhere to all safety instructions and codes of behaviour as required by the University regulations.

Plagiarism is defined as representing as your own the words or ideas of other people, whether published or not. In the university context it may take the form of copying text from a webpage, textbook, lecture handout or research article into an essay without acknowledging where the text came from. Alternatively, it may take the form of copying another student’s work and passing it off as your own.

You should always acknowledge direct quotes by naming the source (indeed, you will often receive credit for showing evidence of background reading) and you must never use other people’s results or copy their work without full attribution. Do not permit your work to be copied by others. The use of essay bank material for assessment purposes is not permitted under any circumstances.

Any case of cheating or plagiarism is liable to be given zero marks, and may be treated as a disciplinary offence by the University. You will learn more about plagiarism within our core first year module, Fundamental Principles for Bioscientists – including taking a quiz about academic honesty and plagiarism.

Each individual module will have an indicative reading list, which you will find detailed within the relevant module descriptor (see Stage 1 modules under Streatham Campus). In addition, academic staff on the module may suggest additional reading material during lectures, or via the module’s ELE page. You will be able to access the recommended reading through the university library.

Get involved

Would you like to learn about how an educational institution works and help Biosciences change for the better – whilst improving your CV in the process?

If so, you could consider becoming a course representative on the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). You will be given full training by the Students’ Guild, and your job will be to make yourself known to fellow students, to listen to student opinions and concerns, to communicate these at Biosciences SSLC meetings (attended by academics and student representatives), and to relay progress back to students. SSLC members also attend meetings of other College committees (e.g. Education Committee) where decisions about teaching and the treatment of students are made.

You can find out more about the SSLC role and volunteer to serve through the Students’ Guild website.

BioSoc is a fun, friendly and active society, run by students for students, with the aim of increasing both social and academic opportunities for biosciences students. BioSoc hosts a range of events and activities such as academic talks, biology-based trips and experiences, sporting events and themed socials. Find out more here, or email

The Buddy Up scheme is designed to help you settle into University life more quickly by networking with and learning from a year 2+ student in the same discipline.

You will be matched with a Buddy who can answer any questions you have and help you meet new people and feel confident in your first year.

Find out more about the scheme here, or if you’d like to request a buddy, email with your:

  • Full name
  • Discipline
  • University email address (if you have it)
  • Student number (if you have it)

Welcome to Biosciences

A very warm welcome to Biosciences at the University of Exeter. On behalf of all the academic staff, post-docs, administrators and existing students, I hope that you will enjoy a rewarding and challenging academic experience as part of Biosciences, within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. You will be well supported and mentored by friendly and enthusiastic staff members, joining a thriving community of scholars with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

The University offers many opportunities to realise your potential in terms of academic attainment and personal growth. The activities of Freshers’ Week and beyond are designed to ease you into university life and to provide an introduction to the Department and your chosen degree programme. 

I wish you every success in your studies and hope that this is the start of a rewarding and enjoyable time at the University of Exeter.

Professor James Wakefield - Head of Biosciences


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